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Turkey says no turning back from offensive in Syria

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister said Friday there is no turning back from his country's decision to launch a ground assault on a Syrian Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwest Syria, saying the offensive had "de facto" started with the sporadic Turkish military shelling of the area.

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Passenger plane lifted away from cliff edge after Turkey runway incident

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A passenger plane that skidded off a Turkish airport runway has been lifted away from its precarious position on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Black Sea. Two enormous cranes were used to hoist the Pegasus Airlines plane which ran into trouble moments after landing at Trabzon Airport on Turkey’s northeast coastline on 13 January. The 162 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800 miraculously escaped without any serious injuries after the out-of-control plane suddenly veered off an icy runway and hurtled down the side of the cliff. Cranes are used to lift a passenger plane that skidded off a runway in Turkey's Trabzon Airport Credit: Anadolu Agency / Getty It stopped just a few metres short of the sea below after the plane’s wheels became stuck in the mud on the cliff. Passengers were evacuated following an anxious 20-minute wait for emergency crews to arrive. The pilot and co-pilot, who both passed breathalyser tests after an investigation into the incident was launched, reported a sudden ‘engine surge’ after landing. An investigation into what caused the incident has been launched  Credit: Seyit Ahmet Eksik /Anadolu Agency / Getty “When we were going to make our usual manoeuvre towards the right from the seaside by reducing our speed, the right engine suddenly gained speed for a reason we do now know,” a pilot told Trabzon prosecutors, the Dogan news agency reports. “Due to this speed, the plane got out of our control and suddenly swung to the left and got stuck into the mud in the cliff.” People work on the Pegasus Airlines recovery operation Credit: AP Photo /Lefteris Pitarakis Turkey’s civil aviation authority will now examine the plane’s black box to try and establish what caused it to veer so dramatically off course. Terrified passenger Fatma Gördü told Turkish media the plane began suddenly shaking on the runway. A Pegasus plane skidded off the runway and got stuck in some mud on the side of a cliff  Credit: Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency/Getty “We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic. People shouting, screaming,” she said. Pegasus Airlines said in a statement that Flight PC 8622 “had a runway excursion incident during landing”. Another passenger, Yüksel Gördü, said it was “a miracle” that they survived the ordeal.

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Turkish military operation in Syria's Afrin has begun - Erdogan

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday a military operation in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region had begun after cross-border shelling by the Turkish army.


Military operation in Syria's Afrin has started, Erdogan says

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday (Jan 20) a military operation in Syria's Afrin has begun on the ground and another operation in nearby Manbij would follow.


Erdogan says Turkey has 'de-facto' launched ground operation on Syria's Afrin town

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January 20, 2018 4:26 PM
ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday (Jan 20) that Ankara had "de-facto" already launched an operation on the ground to oust Kurdish militia from the Syrian town of Afrin.


Turkey faces diplomatic minefield over new Syria operation

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Turkey has ramped up its rhetoric to threaten an imminent cross-border incursion against Kurdish militia in Syria but the attitude of Russia and to a lesser extent the United States will determine the nature of the operation, analysts say. The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia controls key northern Syrian towns including Manbij and Afrin, and is an ally of the US but Ankara accuses the group of being a terror organisation. Tensions have risen to a new peak in the last days after the United States announced plans for a new 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria that would be composed partly of YPG fighters.

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Turkish army launches new strikes on Kurdish militia in Syria

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Syrian-Kurds march in the northern Syrian town of Jawadiyah during a protest in support of the Afrin region controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia The Turkish army said it launched new strikes Saturday against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG)...

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Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey's Trabzon Airport

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Turkish authorities are using a large crane to lift a passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope just meters away from the Black Sea. The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, with 168 people on board, overshot the runway while landing at Trabzon Airport on Jan. 13.

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Syria threatens to 'destroy' Turkish warplanes

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Deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad warned on Thursday that Syria's air force could destroy any Turkish warplanes used in a threatened assault on the war-torn country. "We warn that the Syrian Air Force is ready to destroy Turkish air targets in the skies of Syria," Mekdad told reporters, according to Syria's official SANA news agency. "We warn the Turkish leaders that if they start fighting in the region of Afrin, it will be seen as an aggression by the Turkish army against the sovereignty of Syria," he added.

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Turkey seeks Russian approval for air campaign against Afrin

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Turkey dispatched its military chief to Moscow on Thursday, seeking approval for an air campaign in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region, although Damascus warned it could shoot down any Turkish planes in its skies. Turkey's foreign minister said the Moscow trip by Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar was part of talks with both Russia and Iran, the two main backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to allow Turkish planes to take part in an Afrin campaign.

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